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GE taking 'CNG in a Box' to China

Jay F. Marks Published: September 17, 2013

General Electric is going global with its system to make it faster, easier and cheaper for fleet operators to fuel up their natural gas vehicles.

GE on Tuesday announced a deal with China’s Endurance Industry, which will buy 260 “CNG in a Box” units over the next three years.

The collaboration is expected to help spread natural gas fueling infrastructure across China. The country’s rapid urbanization has resulted increased demand for fuel for vehicles and industrial uses.

The move to natural gas fueling stations falls in line with China’s current trend toward converting its fueling efforts from gasoline and diesel to cleaner, more economical natural gas.

“China’s vast reserves of natural gas, shallow coal-bed methane and recoverable shale gas allow it to gradually transition from traditional fuel sources to efficient and environmentally friendly natural gas options, enabling the country to lessen its dependence on foreign fuel supplies,” said Lin Chaoyang, chairman of Endurance Industry. “Through the implementation of natural gas solutions such as GE’s CNG In A Box technology, Endurance will help to greatly reduce CO2 emissions throughout the country.”

The CNG fuel station configuration that GE is supplying to Endurance features a standard-sized CNG In A Box unit with multiple, smaller “daughter” stations running off of it. The design minimizes the need for pre-existing natural gas pipelines.

An integral part of GE’s natural gas solutions including the CNG in a Box system is its high-speed reciprocating compressor.

GE on Tuesday also announced the grand opening of a manufacturing facility for those compressors in Shenyang, China.

The plant will build to a production capacity of 300 compressor units per year, with the potential for further expansion as the local industry develops

“GE is committed to helping China in its plans to reduce its dependence on coal power plants, diesel-powered mining and industrial complexes and petrol and diesel-based transportation infrastructure, replacing it with cleaner and locally produced natural gas,” said Xu Xin, general manager of GE Oil & Gas in China. “The grand opening of our new manufacturing facility in Shenyang brings our advanced CNG and LNG technology closer than ever before to our Chinese customers.”

GE has worked with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. to market the fueling units in the United States.


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